Striker Sam Cosgrove says he would love to score his first goal for Aberdeen tonight against Rangers.
The Dons face the Gers at Pittodrie and have the chance to secure European football for a fifth successive season.
A victory for the Reds would also secure second spot if Hibs slip up in tomorrow’s Edinburgh derby against Hearts at Tynecastle.
January signing Cosgrove has made just four appearances for Derek McInnes’ side since his deadline day move from Carlisle United.
But the 21-year-old has started the Dons’ last two games, the 2-0 win against Hearts and Saturday’s 0-0 draw with Hibs.
The Englishman is looking forward to his first taste of an Aberdeen-Rangers game – it’s a rivalry he has heard plenty about and he knows there would be no better time to get his first goal for the club.
Cosgrove said: “It’s a massive game and we knew that all five of the games after the split were going to be massive for us.
“There are three big teams going for the European places, everyone knows the importance of it and we’re all relishing the opportunity.
“There are many rivalries in Scotland but this is the one, especially, that I’ve heard about and I’m looking forward to it along with everyone else.
“I’ve been waiting for that first goal.
“I’ve come close a couple of times, but if I could get it it would be good and hopefully it would be one for the fans to enjoy.”
Cosgrove is determined to secure a place in next season’s Europa League qualifying rounds.
He says the opportunity to play in Europe was a factor in him joining Aberdeen.
The Dons have the opportunity to secure a fifth consecutive season of Continental action.
After taking seven points out of nine from their three post-split fixtures Cosgrove is confident they can make it into Europe.
He added: “It would be massive, I have never played in Europe so it’s something I’d relish, travelling around Europe and being involved in the big games.
“On a personal note, not just for the club, it’s massive.
“It was part of the attraction coming up here, I was aware of the past few seasons where we have secured European places.
“When I came I was very aware of the situation the club were in regarding European places.
“There’s a lot of competition for it this year and we’re determined to get that spot.
“All of the post-split games are a massive test for us. Playing against the best teams in the league shows us where we are.
“We’ve stepped up to that and we haven’t buckled under the pressure.
“We’ve put in some good performances and we’ve got two good wins. Tonight is going to be another one of those games.
“The importance of finishing second shows you are the best of the rest and we’re determined to get that second spot.
“It’s not just for Europe, but for the self-pride of the players, the pride of the teams and the pride of the fans, really.”
If they are to qualify for the Europa League the Dons will have to put an end to their poor record against Rangers and Celtic – they face the Hoops in the final game of the season on Sunday at Celtic Park.
In six encounters with the Glasgow teams so far this campaign Aberdeen have been beaten six times.
Cosgrove insists the Reds can’t let that record affect their performance tonight against the Govan outfit.
“We’re all aware of the record, but we just need to put that behind us,” he said.
“We have to focus on the next games and we’re all confident we can get the three points. Records are always there to be broken and we’re more than ready for the game tonight.”
Cosgrove has been pleased with his own displays in the last two matches against Hearts and Hibs in what were his first two starts for Aberdeen.
After initially being marked out by McInnes as a player for next season, he feels in his three months at Pittodrie he has developed a great deal.
Now Cosgrove wants to finish the season strongly and believes starting the final two games of the season will help him develop further.
He said: “I’ve been happy with my performances in the last two games.
“Obviously I would have liked to have got a goal, but there is nothing better than coming in and winning like we did in the first game against Hearts.
“That was a good stepping stone and then it wasn’t a bad result against Hibs at the weekend. We wanted the win, but it was good for me on a personal note.
“Since I’ve come here I feel I have developed my game massively.
“I feel I’m a much better player already.
“But there’s nothing the same as playing games and I feel that is the next stage in my development – getting game time under my belt.”